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CompañerosLatino Activists in the Face of AIDS$
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Jesus Ramirez-Valles

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036446

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036446.001.0001

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Getting Involved

Getting Involved

(p.117) Chapter Six Getting Involved

Jesus Ramirez-Valles

University of Illinois Press

This chapter addresses how Latino GBT activists actually became part of the AIDS and gay movements. A significant number of compañeros became active in the AIDS and gay movement as a result of approaching organizations searching for social services. They first were “clients,” in the language of many of these organizations. Afterward, they became volunteers and activists. The transformation from client to volunteer or activist is partly due to reciprocity. Recipients of services frequently feel obligated to work on behalf of the organization, because of the benefits they have received from the organization or because they do not want to be passive recipients of services. Two types of services are notable here: those related to LGBT issues and those related to HIV and AIDS.

Keywords:   Latino GBT activists, AIDS movement, gay movement, social services, LGBT issues

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